PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:SUNDAY NIGHT’s 3-1 loss in their historic CONCACAF Gold Cup finals appearance to seven-time champions Mexico hurt Jamaica’s men’s senior football team deeply.”We’re gutted to lose today. I was obviously very emotional. You could see after the game the Boyz were upset because we believe we could win the competition,” defender Adrian Mariappa said after the game.Mexico went ahead at the 31st minute with a goal by Andres Guardado, then two bad errors by centre half Michael Hector led to early second-half goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta in the 61st. By then, the game was as good as over.”We’ve a lot to be proud of; there’s a lot we can take away from this competition. We got to the final … but we are disappointed. We’ll lick our wounds and now go forward to the World Cup Qualifiers.”The silver-medal finish was Jamaica’s best at the confederation championship, having already qualified for the semis in 1993 – when they placed third – and 1998.Additionally, their win over the United States was their first on American soil, and they are the only Caribbean team to have played in the final.”I thought we started really well,” Mariappa continued. “They scored a good goal. Even after that, we had a couple of chances, so I think second half they scored quite early, which put us on the back foot, but it’s football, it’s about small margins, and today we came out on the losing side of it.”Despite the impactful mistakes, Mariappa, who plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League, said the 23-year-old Hector will rebound strongly.HECTORAVERY ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER”I think he’s been terrific. For someone so young to have so much composure and a good head on him. He’s already a very accomplished player, and I think he’s going to be somebody special going forward,” he observed.”Today we had a couple of unfortunate moments, but there were a lot of stuff leading up to the build-up before those things happened. So, definitely, (I’m) not pointing fingers at anyone; we win together, we lose together as a team, and I think he’s been terrific at Copa and this competition.”The Jamaicans will now turn their attention to the upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifying competition, which begins with opening encounters against Nicaragua on September 4 and 8, home and away. – Audley Boyd
enthusiastic During Friday’s town-hall meeting in Jamaica, fans will get their chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport and how the region can merge its efforts to make the cricket industry more viable than it has been. “We’re enthusiastic about continuing to use these sessions to listen to concerns and share information about where West Indies cricket is now, our strategic goals for the future and how the fans can impact upon the way we progress,” said Cameron. KINGSTON (CMC): Jamaica will host the next in a series of town-hall meetings around the Caribbean, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday. The famous Kingston Cricket Club has been chosen as the venue for the two-hour meeting scheduled for this Friday in the Jamaican capital. “We are taking into consideration all the views to see how the board of directors and management team can facilitate change for a positive outcome for the game in the region,” said WICB president Dave Cameron. “The region’s cricket requires all of its affiliates and stakeholders to make the product develop and grow and we look forward to hearing how we can continue to make a positive impact on the sport.” So far, the top brass of the WICB have had dialogue with the fans of the game from Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. Topics covered have been wide-ranging, including selection matters, the operation of the WICB Professional Cricket League, player relations, player development, pitch preparation, and governance issues.
The IAAF’s long-term storage and retesting strategy concerning IAAF Championships, which began in 2005 with the storage of anti-doping samples from that year’s IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, has led to disciplinary action being commenced against a further 28 athletes following a second reanalysis. In 2012, the IAAF conducted a first round of reanalysis of urine samples taken at the Helsinki World Championships, which had been proactively stored by the IAAF at the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, in anticipation of new scientific developments. This strategy first revealed six adverse findings from Helsinki, which were announced in March 2013, and to date, nine athletes have been sanctioned following retesting of samples from various World Championships. Beginning in April 2015, using the latest technology available in the field of anti-doping and taking advantage of the new World Anti-Doping Code’s provision extending from eight-10 years the period during which samples can be tested, the IAAF made a second reanalysis of Helsinki 2005 and Osaka 2007 samples. This reanalysis has confirmed a further 28 athletes with 32 adverse findings. PROVISIONALSUSPENSIONS Due to the legal process, none of these athletes can be named yet. A large majority of the 28 are retired, some are athletes who have already been sanctioned, and only very few remain active in sports. The IAAF is provisionally suspending them and can confirm that none of the athletes concerned will be competing in Beijing. The IAAF embarked on this long-term storage and retesting strategy in 2005 to ensure that clean athletes are ultimately rewarded for their honest efforts in IAAF competitions. The IAAF is committed to use every means at its disposal within the World Anti-Doping Code to root out the cheats however long it takes. Martial Saugy, associate professor, PhD, life sciences and director of LAD commented: “The latest scientific breakthroughs in anti-doping technology and analysis have been employed in the reanalysis of these samples to allow us to find previously undetectable substances. “We are at the cutting edge of the fight against doping. In our 10-year partnership with the IAAF, we have been using every scientific advance and legal opportunity at our disposal to catch the cheats. The IAAF and the IOC, working in cooperation with the LAD, clearly showed the way 10 years ago, and other anti-doping organisations and sport federations, on WADA’s recommendation, are now considering, or have started implementing, such a retesting policy.”
Anthony Patrick is back at Waterhouse Football Club.Patrick has returned as head coach of the Red Stripe Premier League Club following the resignation of Calvert Fitzgerald earlier this week.Fitzgerald took over for the second stint as head coach in the premier league two months ago, but after a 4-0 whipping by Tivoli Gardens last Sunday at the Edward Seaga Stadium, he tendered his resignation to the club on Wednesday.Waterhouse are in 11th position on four points from six games in the 12-team league having won only once losing four times and drawing the other encounter.Patrick, who was coach of Waterhouse team up to last season, left the job because he took up a role as technical director at Dinthill Technical High School.”Well, yes, I accepted the head coach position and Paul Young will be the technical director,” Patrick told The Gleaner yesterday.”Waterhouse will train in the mornings in order to facilitate my job at Dinthill,’ he explained.With the Waterhouse team in the relegation zone just ahead of newcomers UWI FC, Patrick is confident he can turn things around.”When I took over two seasons ago, the team was in a similar situation, and I helped to turn the team around, so I can do that again and challenge for the championship,” Patrick reasoned.Fitzgerald, who was fired in 2006 and returned in the summer said the team was not getting the desired results.”Football is a results driven sport and Waterhouse were not getting the desired results, and as head coach, I was responsible. I got the support of management and the team looked good in training, but was not delivering consistently in the matches.”I though it was prudent to offer my resignation, so that the club could consider other options in order to correct the situation,” Fitzgerald stated in a release from Waterhouse FC.Meanwhile, Waterhouse FC president Fitzroy Vidal confirmed that Patrick is back at the club.”Anthony Patrick is back as part of the recovery process,” Vidal said.Waterhouse will meet Cavalier SC in the Red Stripe Premier League round seven tomorrow at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 4 p.m.
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“They (Butler and Gardner) have reached out to me and it’s nice, even if it is just in a small capacity. To know you are respected by your fellow players who want you around is a good feeling. The beauty is (Craig) Butler and (Ricardo) Gardner are in charge of the Under-20s and they invited me to just to be around the team and give voluntary support and (share) the little experience I have. “I will support the programme because they need sponsors, and I am willing to support them 200 per cent, just so they can give the youths experience,” he reasoned. Corbett also wants to assist the senior team one day and he is hoping this is just the start of his reconnection with local football and the national football programme. “I don’t really push myself up. But I don’t have to be a coach around a national programme. Any capacity, anything I can do to help; that’s why I am here, to help Butler and Gardner and anything that they need that we can do,” he concluded. LOCAL TALENT Former Jamaica national football captain, the legendary and versatile Anthony ‘Badas’ Corbett, has a burning passion for the development of Jamaica’s football and has longed to play a role in the advancement of the sport locally. Recently, the former local idol has been afforded such an opportunity to make his contribution when newly appointed national Under-20 coaches, Craig Butler and Ricardo Gardner, invited him to share his experience and knowledge with the team. Cargill, who captained the national team for six years and led the country to the Caribbean Cup in 1991 and their third-place Gold Cup finish in 1993 before retiring shortly afterwards, is presently the Under-15 coach of Miramar United Elite FC in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and one of his greatest desires is to see young Jamaican footballers make the transition from national youth teams into the senior side. However, he believes lack of exposure, experience and quality facilities locally will continue to hamper the progress of young local talent and the sport’s development in general. “Jamaica’s football has made a big jump because we qualified for World Cup. My only concern is, after the World Cup what did we achieve?” he queried. “Normally, you should have a facility, because FIFA allocates money anytime a team goes to the World Cup. But the national programme doesn’t have a facility and that is a setback. That (facilities) is where the game is going now, you need facilities to grow,” he told The Gleaner. MUTUAL RESPECT However, of greater concern is the transition of our junior national players into the senior team. Corbett said there is too much focus on overseas-born players representing Jamaica, when all the talent we need is right here. “In Jamaican football, if you play Under-17, by time you reach Under-20 they throw you away, and it’s not that those players aren’t good, but you need a ladder. Where is the feeder tree, why not invest in the youth level? “But they don’t invest in the Under-17s, the Under-20s and Under-23s, and that is sad really because exposure is what gives you experience. “The senior team plays a lot of friendlies all over the world, but the young kids play local club, so where is the exposure and experience going to come from? So, that is lacking as they do not want to invest the money,” Corbett bemoaned. “At nine years and 10 years, we were the best in the world,” he recalled. “(Winston) Chung-Fah proved that years ago when there was the Miami Classics and we won that every year, nine- to 12-year-olds. But after 12 (years), nothing, and I realise Jamaica doesn’t invest in kids. Nobody wants to wait, everyone wants to plant a seed and reap tomorrow, but we will never go anywhere like that. “The US team invests about US$6-7 million in their youths and our investment is worth about 50,000, still we match strides with them. So just give them a little more opportunity and expose them and they can do it,” he continued. With regard to his involvement, Corbett, who lives in Miami, is looking to contribute in any shape or form and to any of the other programmes. But he is also looking to learn as much as he can from two of the country’s most successful local talents to make it professionally overseas.
OLD BOYS TO BE HONOURED The meet will also see one of its Old Boy’s in Ruel James being honoured also has a new name with former board chairman Danny Williams’ name being added. The first event on the track this morning will be the girls Open 3,000 metres and this will be followed immediately by the boys Open 5,000 metres. All eyes will be on Kingston College’s Ari Rodgers, who will be making his first appearance on the track for his school. Ugandan Rodgers has been creating a storm since his arrival at the North Street institution as he has been very dominant on the road in 5K events with his last two victories coming at the Hugo Chambers and the G.C. Foster 5K, where he dominated his seniors with outstanding course times. Other events down to take place today on the track are 100 metres along with 80M, 100M and 110M hurdles. On the field those events down to be contested are long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and pole vault. Athletes from colleges and clubs will compete in Open events, while high school athletes will compete in their regular classes. As usual, the outstanding athletes will walk away with trophies with ten to be given out to those selected by the judges in each class and category. The Corporate Area and Western Jamaica will take the athletics spotlight today as Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High hosting the first meets of the year on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association calendar. At 189 Old Hope Road in Kingston, it will be the 24th staging of the Purewater/JC Danny Williams Track and Field Development Meet, while at Herbert Morrison High in Montego Bay it will be the First Chance Meet. Both meets will begin at 8:30 a.m. Over 60 teams are down to compete in Kingston and meet organiser, Ian Forbes, stated that everything is in place. “At this moment, we have received entries from over 60 teams and the top boys and girls teams in the island, including, Calabar, Kingston College and Jamaica College on the male side along with Edwin Allen, St Jago, Holmwood and Vere Technical on the female side have all entered and we expect a day full of keen and good competition,” said Forbes.
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(AP Photo/David Dermer)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations.Their historic winning streak is, well, history.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland had its AL record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday night as the Indians were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals, who were beaten five times by Cleveland over the past few weeks, ended baseball’s longest win streak in 101 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Indians set a new league mark and came within four of matching the overall record held by the 1916 New York Giants, a 26-game string that included one tie.Despite the loss, Cleveland’s magic number for clinching the AL Central dropped to two following Minnesota’s loss to Toronto. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Following a magical, walk-off win in extra innings on Thursday night, the Indians couldn’t muster another late rally.When Francisco Lindor struck out with a runner on first to end it, the sellout crowd of 34,025 gave the Indians a prolonged standing ovation. Manager Terry Francona brought Cleveland’s players out of the dugout to salute their fans, whose cheering grew louder and louder.This was something they’ll likely never see again in their lifetimes and both the Indians and their fans wanted to savor every second of an accomplishment while looking forward to October, when the games become more meaningful.“They’ve been so supportive,” Francona said of the crowd. “The atmosphere around here is incredible and I think our players wanted to show their appreciation. It’s by no means the last game of the year or anything like that, it’s just been pretty incredible how they’ve reacted and we just wanted to show our appreciation because we don’t take it for granted.“I don’t think anything is over.”ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ The Indians, who are already assured a playoff spot, not only broke the previous AL record of 20 held by the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics, but they served notice that they well could be the team to beat in the postseason as they attempt to get back to the World Series and perhaps end their 68-year title drought after the Chicago Cubs halted their 108-year dryspell at Cleveland’s expense in 2016.With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Royals reliever Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out.It was Lindor on Thursday night who had prolonged the streak with a two-out, two-strike RBI double in the ninth inning before Bruce doubled home the winning run in the 10th to give Cleveland win No. 22.That touched off a wild celebration, which shook Progressive Field and gave Cleveland fans a chance to get ready for bigger games to come.“I think it was appropriate. We haven’t lost a game in three weeks. We played a good game,” Cleveland outfielder Jay Bruce said. “It wasn’t like we got just blown out or anything. I think (it was important) to have a bit of a light-hearted attitude about it all, and not take it too hard, obviously, because we’re in a great position.“We just did something that, depending on who you ask, one or no teams have ever done. So, it’s one of those deals where we understand what the situation is, and this is not something that would happen very often.”For the better part of a month, the Indians had no equals.“What they did over there was amazing. I mean, it’s utterly amazing,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just unfathomable for me that you can go three weeks without losing a game. I mean, it was a tremendous accomplishment.”“I mean, we’ve got a runner on first, two outs, two strikes on Lindor, and I told Jirsch (third base coach Mike Jirschele), ‘man, we’ve been here before.’ Luckily we got through it tonight,” he said.On their way to making AL history, the Indians romped through the league like no team has before. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled They outscored opponents 145-41, led in all but 12 of 207 innings, hit 42 homers and captured the attention of baseball fans fixated on the hot-then-cold Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and seeing how far Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could hit homers.Francona kept his players focused throughout the streak, mindful that it could become too big. They’ll likely wrap it up this weekend and can start looking ahead to a postseason where the only streak that will matter is winning the last game they play.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez sat out with a pulled muscle in his side and is considered day-to-day. He was injured taking a swing Thursday. … RHP Joakim Soria is expected to join the team Saturday after returning to Arizona for the birth of his son.Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenall had his calf re-examined by the medical staff after leaving with tightness on Thursday night. The club is hoping the injury is nothing serious after Chisenhall missed more than two months with a calf injury. … OF Jason Kipnis is expected to play five innings in center field on Sunday when he’s activated after his second DL stint with a calf injury. The Indians are lacking outfield depth following injuries to Chisenhall and rookie Bradley Zimmer (broken hand).UP NEXTRHP Carlos Carrasco tries get the Indians to their ninth division title since 1995 on Saturday, when he faces Royals RHP Jason Hammel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ The Celtics started 7 of 9 from the field to lead 17-4, but the Nets jumped ahead in the second quarter and countered every time Boston threated to pull away until the final minutes.“I thought guys competed,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We just have to do it in long stretches.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) adjusts his mask during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 109-102. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK—Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask.On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn’t seem to affect his play much. He made a jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets had closed within four points and drove for another basket about 35 seconds later.“Today, just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game,” said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown’s alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D’Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee. Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert added 15 points apiece.Irving has had to play in a mask before, and he’s done it well. He scored a then career-high 41 points in a loss at New York on Dec. 15, 2012, while with Cleveland. But he described it like having foggy blinders, restricting his peripheral vision.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s definitely an incredible streak we’re on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s going to happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston,” Irving said. “So I’m looking forward to all that hoopla.”Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing the mask, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten since an 0-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMarcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have the NBA’s best record. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team.“The way that they converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can’t have that against Golden State. You just get blown out of the gym,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
From L-R: SBP president Al Panlilio, GIlas head coach Chot Reyes and vice chair Robbie Puno. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not all the countries in the three-nation consortium that won the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba World Cup will get automatic slots to the tournament.Fiba recently said yes, but hoisted a caveat on Indonesia: That slot hinges on the drastic improvement of its national team.ADVERTISEMENT “Indonesia is not guaranteed yet,” SBP president Al Panlilio told INQUIRER.net. “Of course, Fiba would want a competitive World Cup so Indonesia has to show marked improvement with its national team.”READ: PH wins 2023 Fiba World Cup hostingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Philippines, the lead country of the consortium, and Japan will each get one of the 32 berths in the World Cup, which has stringent qualifying tournaments for country’s hoping to earn a spot in the event.And the SBP is willing to help Indonesia cement an appearance in the World Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We can extend as much help as we can to help their national team improve,” Panlilio said. “ We have coaches that we can spare who can come in as consultants and we can arrange friendlies with our teams here.”READ: MVP Christmas gift: 2023 World CupThe Philippines isn’t that much of a wild card for the 32-team tournament. The country is currently ranked 31st in the world. Japan, at 52nd, certainly needs the outright berth granted to hosts. But Indonesia, ranked 108th, may be too much of an accommodation if it doesn’t show marked improvement, considering how cutthroat the competition is for World Cup berths.“Maybe we can have them train here, too,” said Panlilio.The SBP still hasn’t met with its counterparts from Japan and Indonesia to synchronize preparations for the World Cup, but Panlilio said that will be set as soon as things are settled here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The SBP could extend its offer to help Indonesia in that meeting. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Healed Escoto ready to prove worth for Kia Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments